A few weeks ago, I did my “longest ride ever” with some strong friends who pulled me around on my road bike for 210 km. It was a long day, and I won’t say it was easy, but compared to this long-distance ride on my fat bike, that 210 km ride a ride in the park (a very big park). Continue reading
I didn’t expect to blog about this ride, but it became memorable in the last hour when we got soaked with heavy rain. I’ve previously blogged about the Waterloo Cycling Club Thursday rides here, and because theses rides start close to home (RIM Park), it’s hard to make excuses to avoid them.
Another ride on my wish list for 2016 was to ride along the trail in Niagara Falls. I’ve been there many times, but hadn’t ridden the trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake before. So with the kiddo away for the weekend, J. and I decided to drive down to Niagara and check out the path.
I’ve kept a detailed ride log ever since I got into “serious” cycling in 2002, and according to my records, my first 100 km ride was in 2006, for the Waterloo Cycling Club charity ride, when I rode 162 km on my old road bike. I’ve since covered that distance numerous times, with my ride last week being the longest at 210 km. For each of these rides, however, I’ve been with a group of at least 3 or 4 others, and sometimes, as many as a dozen or more. Continue reading
One of the rides that has been in the back of my mind since I dreamed up this 50-in-50 idea was my first double-metric century, or 200 km. My previous longest ride was last year when a group rode down to Port Dover, had lunch by the beach and rode back. I figured I could do 200 km if I just rode at my own pace. My friend Tim K. had also suggested we should do a Pie-athlon, with stops at bakeries along the way, so I though… why not combine the two?
Leading up to my week-long vacation in Cape Cod, I debated over which bike to bring with me. For a while, I’d settled on my fat bike, so I could ride on the sand at low tide and still ride the singletrack and rail trail. Then I thought my cyclocross bike would be best for the rail trail and some easier singletrack. I finally settled on my mountain bike, which ended up being a good choice because it allowed me to explore singletrack and ride on road and paved rail trails without being quite as slow and heavy as my fat bike. Continue reading